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Lagevrio: At-home Covid pill test ‘to be rolled out before Christmas’

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Coronavirus patients will be expected to receive their first home treatment for the virus by Christmas.

Lagevrio, also known as molnupiravir, has been approved by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the world’s first event last month.

The MHRA says the drug is safe and effective in people with mild to moderate illness Covid who are at higher risk from the virus.

Produced by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), the drug has been hailed as a “game changer” by the health minister. Sajid Javid.

The Health Secretary is preparing to announce a national pilot of the antiviral treatment that will be rolled out before Christmas, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

The plans will see clinically vulnerable and immunocompromised patients treated through the NHS “covid drug delivery unit” within 48 hours of a positive test result. , the newspaper said.

Local health directors were briefed on the plan in a letter last week, it said.

For most, the medication will be taken orally in pill form. It will be given twice a day to people who have recently tested positive for Covid and have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness, such as obesity, being over 60 years old, diabetes or heart disease.

Some patients can be given the drug intravenously in the hospital, the newspaper added.

Data from Merck’s clinical trial shows that the first drug developed to treat influenza, reduces the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid by 50% in patients who have been recently infected with the virus.

The UK has secured enough supplies of the drug to treat 480,000 people with orders to be shipped to the UK later this year.

The Sunday Telegraph Citing sources Whitehall said antiviral treatments were “even more important” in the face of the new omicron variant.

It comes as efforts to limit the spread of the omicron variant are heating up.

The number of detected cases of the new variant in the UK hit around 160 on Saturday, leading to a last-minute change in travel plans, the Health Secretary said.

Nigeria has been added to the tourist red list, effective from 4:00 a.m. on Monday, December 6.

On Saturday night, Mr Javid tweeted: “From 4am on Monday only UK and Irish citizens and residents traveling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must be isolated in a quarantine facility. be managed.”

From 4am on Tuesday, all people traveling to the UK from the country will have to take a pre-departure test, regardless of vaccination status, he added.

Announcing the approval of Lagevrio last month, Mr Javid said: “Today is a historic day for our country, as the UK is now the first country in the world to approve an antiviral drug. -withdrawals can be done at home for Covid-19. This will be a game changer for the most vulnerable and immunosuppressed, who will soon receive breakthrough treatment.

“We are working at a rapid pace across government and with the NHS to set out a plan to roll out molnupiravir to patients through a national study as soon as possible.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lagevrio-covid-pill-pilot-uk-b1969983.html Lagevrio: At-home Covid pill test ‘to be rolled out before Christmas’

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